First a Blush Fiend, Now This: Pumping Up My Lipstick Collection

I’ve been really putting a focus on rounding out my makeup collection lately.  There are many reasons for this: 1) I have a complete lack of certain shades, 2) despite my rather large collection, I sometimes find myself in need of a certain item to complete a look, only to find I don’t own it, and 3) it helps justify purchases a whole lot more if they’re not colors already in my stash, but rather brand new shades :)

One area in particular where I lack variety is my lippie collection.  While I own 12 glosses and 12 lipsticks (which I know is a baby stash for some of you!), I seem to have a fair number of similar shades – not dupes but some minor repetition, which makes creating different looks a challenge at times.  I’m trying hard to branch out and pick up new, exciting shades, especially in lipstick, which until recently did not hold much interest for me. Of course, chumming around with the blogger crowd has changed that for me (much like my original ambivalence toward blush – and we all know how that ended up!), and now lipstick is the new kid on my radar.

MAC Crosswires

Last month…er, well April actually!…I wandered into MAC to check out the Reel Sexy collection.  Watch Me Simmer, a crowd favorite, was lovely but seemed just a bit too in-your-face for this budding lipstick wearer.  Instead, I chose Crosswires, a slightly muted version of WMS (and consequently, NOT LE), which had also been on my list of shades to check out.

Sorry for ‘used’ shots, but I realized too late that the original shots I took didn’t capture the color as well as I wanted!

Crosswires ($17.50CAD) is described as a ‘clean pinky orange’ – whatever that means.  I’d say it’s pretty much a true coral (as that’s a combination of orange and pink, no?) and has a cremesheen finish, and is relatively opaque.  It goes on nicely but isn’t especially creamy or hydrating – though it’s not dry at all, its just something of note if you tend to have drier lips.  I always prep with a balm first to make sure that it doesn’t feel uncomfortable.

Natural lightWith flash

I find the warmer tones of Crosswires makes it particularly wearable for me.  If I opt for a cooler-toned pinky shade (for example, NARS Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Pencil), I find it’s gotta be the focal point of my makeup, as it’s quite obvious.  Crosswires doesn’t scream ‘I’m wearing lipstick!!’ when worn, so I can pair it with a stronger eye and it still looks appropriate.  And it’s coral.  I mean, c’mon!  It’s pretty much the most lovely lip color you can wear on the planet, in my books :)

With flashSunlight – pulls so much more pink!

I really love this shade and have been wearing it regularly since I picked it up.  Though I kind to hate to make any concessions toward MAC’s makeup prowress, I do love the vanilla-y scent of their lippies and they have such a large selection of shades that you really can’t go wrong.  Typically MAC lipsticks wear well on me, only fading slightly after eating/drinking, though with a formula like the cremesheens I find that I can only reapply so many times (maybe twice) before I need to remove it all and start over, or else it gets a little cakey.

Am I right about corals being THE greatest lip shade?  What other MAC lipsticks do you think are worth checking out?  Or, other lipstick shades in general!?

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  1. #1 by Eugenia on June 4, 2012 - 10:44 pm

    You’re such a cutie-pie, Toya! And kudos for branching out into other areas of cosmetics! I remember a time when I hoarded lipsticks – then it was glosses, and now I’ve come full circle and have begun re-aquainting myself with lipsticks all over again! Love how this shade totally brightens up your face and works so well with your skin tone!

  2. #2 by BeautyReflections (@BeautyReflectTS) on June 5, 2012 - 12:05 am

    LOVE this one on you! You were made to wear corals girl! So pretty!

  3. #3 by Naomi on June 5, 2012 - 7:12 am

    Such a pretty shade, it really suits you :)

    Naomi x

  4. #4 by dani@callitbeauty on June 5, 2012 - 1:47 pm

    What a gorgeous shade! It looks lovely on you, girl! Also, your skin is so beautiful! :)

    • #5 by Latoya on June 6, 2012 - 6:03 am

      Aw, wow, thanks Dani!!!! *blushes* This is a pretty foolproof color I think! It’s not warm or cool, and so pretty!

  5. #6 by Larie on June 5, 2012 - 2:15 pm

    Pretty! I’ve always heard great things about Crosswires, but I’ve never picked it up or even swatched it, haha! I like MAC Hot Tahiti – it’s a great gateway red ;)

    • #7 by Latoya on June 7, 2012 - 7:17 am

      You featured that on the blog, yea? I seem to remember it. I haven’t swatched it but maybe I should get on that! :)

      Sent from my iPhone

  6. #8 by Maggie (@MaggiesMakeup) on June 5, 2012 - 5:22 pm

    LOVE corals. There’s a coral out there to flatter every complexion, and the right one just makes everything on your face look bright and alive. Crosswires is super-cute on you!

    I actually picked up two Lancome shades recently that are the Mad Men versions of coral – lean a bit red-pink, with a satin-matte finish. I’m a little obsessed with that sort of shade right now.

    • #9 by Latoya on June 7, 2012 - 7:19 am

      Ooh Maggie, they sound lovely! I confess I largely ignore Lancôme but I have been giving those new lipsticks a side eye – they look great!!

      I’m glad you like Crosswires, thanks!!

      Sent from my iPhone

  7. #10 by BurbBeauty on June 8, 2012 - 10:42 am

    You’re gorgeous, lady! Crosswire looks awesome on you. :)

    I’m also a big coral lip fan. Have you checked out MUFE Rouge Artist Natural in N35? If not, I suggest you do. It would look amazing on you.

    • #11 by Latoya on June 8, 2012 - 11:21 am

      Wow thank you, Lola!!!! *blushes* Coral is just all kinds of amazing in so many ways (as you know with nail polish ;)). I haven’t tried N35 but I have N36 and it’s lovely too!! I’ll have to check the other, thanks for the suggestion!

  8. #12 by aoyv on June 8, 2012 - 5:28 pm

    I love crosswires – one of my favorite MAC lipsticks ever.

    • #13 by Latoya on June 9, 2012 - 4:26 pm

      Isn’t it fabulous!? I’m so glad that you’re also enjoy it’s awesomeness too :)

  9. #14 by Amy on June 8, 2012 - 8:08 pm

    Crosswires looks amazing on you! Corals are just so perfect in the summer :)

    • #15 by Latoya on June 9, 2012 - 4:27 pm

      Agreed! Love, love, love. Pretty much one of the reasons to love Summer (aside from the warmth and sunshine) is to rock out coral everything! LOL Thanks so much for the compliment, Amy :)

  10. #16 by Liz (@Reductionista) on June 8, 2012 - 9:44 pm

    I agree with everyone: great pick! And love that great big smile at the end there! :D

    I’m definitely feeling the lipstick wave with you. It’s those damn bandits’ faults, I tell ya.

    • #17 by Latoya on June 9, 2012 - 4:29 pm

      Haha, I think in the description of the photo when I saved it, I even distinguished it as ‘smiling’ and ‘not smiling’ LOL Had to put in the one where I actually look HAPPY to be wearing Crosswires, right!? :P And it’s definitely the Bandits fault that we’re loving lipsticks lately, I think we can pretty much blame them for most of our downward spiral, don’t you? haha

  11. #18 by Sandy on September 4, 2012 - 11:48 am

    Nice post which wandered into MAC to check out the Reel Sexy collection. Watch Me Simmer, a crowd favorite, was lovely but seemed just a bit too in-your-face for this budding lipstick wearer.Thanks a lot .

    • #19 by Latoya on September 5, 2012 - 4:42 pm

      You’re very welcome Sandy! That’s exactly how I felt about ‘Simmer’ as well – which is why I grabbed this lite shade :D

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